Smoky Hill senior Amrajie Bass, right, smiles as she passes coach B.J. Kingsbaker on her way to home plate after hitting a home run earlier in the Buffaloes’ 10-3 win over Fruita Monument at the Class 5A Region 6 tournament on Oct. 16, 2021, at the Aurora Sports Park. The Buffaloes overcame a loss to Chatfield to earn a spot in the Oct. 22-23 5A state tournament at the same venue. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel Colorado)

AURORA | The Smoky Hill softball team had hoped to call it an early afternoon Saturday at the Class 5A Region 6 tournament at the Aurora Sports Park, but the day took a different turn.

Coach B.J. Kingsbaker’s sixth-seeded Buffaloes would have liked to win their first two games and take away any drama in qualifying for the Oct. 22-23 5A state tournament at the same venue, but 11th-seeded Chatfield had other ideas.

The Chargers snapped Smoky Hill’s 12-game winning streak with a 7-1 victory in a game between opening round winners to take the first of two available state spots and leave the Centennial League champions facing a do-or-die final contest against 22nd-seeded Fruita Monument.

The Buffaloes had little difficulty rebounding, however, as home runs from seniors Izzy Giroux and Amrajie Bass and junior Eliana Trujillo sparked them to a 10-3 victory that gave them the second state tournament berth.

Smoky Hill joined rival Cherokee Trail in the 5A state tournament field as the Cougars earned their way through with an 8-7 win over Rocky Mountain to conclude the Region 3 tournament held at Legacy High School.

Eaglecrest nearly made it a trio of Centennial League teams at state, but lost to Castle View in Region 5’s final game in Fort Collins.

Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at [email protected]: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports

2021 CLASS 5A REGION 3 SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

Oct. 16 at Aurora Sports Park

Smoky Hill 8, Fort Collins 0

Score by innings:

Fort Collins  000 000 0 — 0

Smoky Hill   060 101 x — 8

WP — Smoky Hill: Delaney Farnsworth (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K). Smoky Hill hitting: Izzy Giroux 2-4, HR, 5 RBI, run; Delaney Farnsworth 2-4; Eliana Trujillo 1-3, RBI, run; Gabi Giroux 3 runs; Paris Elsberry 2B

Chatfield 7, Smoky Hill 1

Score by innings (r-h-e):

Chatfield    000 003 4 — 7  10  1

Smoky Hill  000 001 0 — 1   3  1

LP — Smoky Hill: Delaney Farnsworth (7 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Smoky Hill hitting: Amrajie Bass 1-3, run; Paris Elsberry 1-3; Eliana Trujillo 1-3; Delaney Farnsworth RBI

Smoky Hill 10, Fruita Monument 3

Score by innings (r-h-e):

Fruita Mon.  010 020 0 —   3   5  3

Smoky Hill   050 320 x — 10  12  4

WP — Smoky Hill: Delaney Farnsworth (7 IP, 9 K). Smoky Hill hitting: Izzy Giroux 3 hits, HR, 3 RBI; Amrajie Bass 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI; Eliana Trujillo HR, 3 RBI

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